AMIT TYAGI of North Zone on Wednesday set a new meet record of discus throw in the All India LIC Sports Festival under way at Tatya Tope Stadium here.
On the third day of the national meet, Tyagi excited the gathering by throwing discus to a distance of 48.49 m, which was better than the earlier record set by S B Thakur of West Zone. Thakur set the record in 2005 at Jamshedpur meet.
Interestingly, Thakur came second in the same event after he threw discus to a distance of 47.28 m. “I am happy with the performance”, said Tyagi after the event. B C Rajiv of Central Zone stood third as he threw the discus to a distance of 43.51 m.
Athletes of Central Zone dominated the 100 m men’s event as first three places were bagged by the zone. Jaichandran of Central Zone stood first after completing the sprint in 10.7 seconds. Moinuddin Hashmi of Bhopal came second with the timing of 10.9 seconds. Abhishek Pandey came third in the same event.
After a splendid performance by men in the 100 m, the women of Central Zone disappointed the gathering in the 100 m. They failed to register name in the first three places. Vasanthi A Bijur of South Central Zone stood first in the women’s 100m. She took 13.1 seconds in completing event. Anju Khare of North Central Zone had to content with the second position after completing the same event in 13.5 seconds.
In the men’s triple jump event, Sushil Giri of Bhopal once again proved his talent. He stood first by jumping to a distance of 13.95 m. P Saha of East Zone and K R Roshan of Central Zone stood second and third respectively.
South Central Zone team studded with the players like P Nirmala and S Apoorva won the title of carrom event defeating the team of Central Zone 3-0. In the men’s category of the carrom event, North Zone defeated West Zone 2-1.
In the final of the women’s table tennis event, West Zone defeated East Zone 3-2. In the men’s section, North Central Zone defeated the team of East Zone 3-1. The final of men’s badminton category was a one-sided affair as the team of South Central Zone defeated West Zone 3-0. West Zone grabbed the title of the women’s section defeating South Central Zone.
Earlier, chief guest of the formal opening ceremony LIC Chairman T S Vijayan inaugurated the meet. In his adders he extended good wishes to the participants. A colourful march-past was organised on the occasion. Zonal Manager R V Rao, chairman Sports Promotion Board Kamalji Sahay and others were present.